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Bruce Yardley appointed Chief Geologist

Bruce Yardley (Leeds University) has been appointed Chief Geologist by The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Chartership news

Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth reports on a projected new logo for use by CGeols, advice on applications and company training schemes

Climate Change Statement Addendum

The Society has published an addendum to 'Climate Change: Evidence from the Geological Record' (November 2010) taking account of new research

Cracking up in Lincolnshire

Oliver Pritchard, Stephen Hallett, and Timothy Farewell consider the role of soil science in maintaining the British 'evolved road'

Critical metals

Kathryn Goodenough* on a Society-sponsored hunt for the rare metals that underpin new technologies

Déja vu all over again

As Nina Morgan Discovers, the debate over HS2 is nothing new...

Done proud

Ted Nield hails the new refurbished Council Room as evidence that the Society is growing up

Earth Science Week 2014

Fellows - renew, vote for Council, and volunteer for Earth Science Week 2014!  Also - who is honoured in the Society's Awards and Medals 2014.

Fookes celebrated

Peter Fookes (Imperial College, London) celebrated at Society event in honour of Engineering Group Working Parties and their reports

Geology - poor relation?

When are University Earth Science departments going to shed their outmoded obsession with maths, physics and chemistry?

Nancy Tupholme

Nancy Tupholme, Librarian of the Society and the Royal Society, has died, reports Wendy Cawthorne.

Power, splendour and high camp

Ted Nield reviews the refurbishment of the Council Room, Burlington House

The Sir Archibald Geikie Archive at Haslemere Educational Museum

You can help the Haslemere Educational Museum to identify subjects in Sir Archibald Geikie's amazing field notebook sketches, writes John Betterton.

Top bananas

Who are the top 100 UK practising scientists?  The Science Council knows...

This month's issue
Volume 26 No 1 01 February 2016

Into the Volcano

Fabian Wadsworth and Hugh Tuffen climb into the active crater-source of volcanic glass for the first time, to understand how obsidian forms and flows.

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Online Special - CCS: Opportunity Lost

In the wake of the UK Government's decision to pull the plug on CCS pilots, Professor Stuart Haszeldine discusses carbon capture, energy policy and atmosphere protection

Air pollution - smoking chimneys

Time for Gifts

Ted Nield* on the life, times and legacy of geologist Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor, as seen through the eyes of his more famous son.

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Horseshoe bend China

Ground Truth

Gary Nichols makes the industry case for field-based training in oil and gas, and explains why it is integral to Chartered status


Celebrating Hardstoft

Jonathan Craig hails the forthcoming conference to commemorate the first producing oil well on the British mainland.


Books and Arts

Four new book reviews by Simon Midgeley and Trevor Emmett


Online Special - Smart Phones and the Geologist

Tom Power reviews the ways in which smart phones are revolutionising a geologist's life in the field.

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All gas and no gaiters

Ted Nield benoans the Government's decision to pull funding for CCS pilot schemes


CGeol in the Oil and Gas sector

Chartership is catching on in the oil and Gas sector, says Bill Gaskarth


Careers Day 2015

Dawne Riddle recouts the Society's successful Careers Days, held throughout the UK.

climate change statement

Policy update

Since the general election, the team has continued to work on aspects of Government policy relevant to the geoscience community


Year of Water 2016

Après Mud, le déluge: After the glories of mud in 2015 we are ready for a whole year devoted to our new theme of Water, writes Flo Bullough.

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Elections to Council 2016 to 2017

Stephanie Jones has instructions on how to vote in the upcoming elections, which begin online this year.  Full printed details will appear in the March issue.

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The History of the Society

The Society was inaugurated on 13 November 1807 at a dinner at the Freemasons Tavern... Read more about the history of the Geological Society. 


Online Book Reviews

Read book reviews that have been received in 2015.

May 2011

Geoscientist Archive

Look through previous Geoscientist issues from 2007 to the present.

Raymo - first female winner of the Wollaston medal

Honorary Fellowships

Maureen Raymo was the first female recipient of the Wollaston Medal, the Society’s most senior medal (picture, in 2014 with President David Shilston).
Book Reviews

Disaster Deferred - a new view of Earthquake Hazards in the New Madrid Seismic Zone. (2012) by Seth Stein

Geoscientist has a number of books available for Fellows to review. We also invite publishers to send us books to be reviewed.